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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask and unfiltered bottle: Seasonal - Christmas.
A red festive ale bursting with fruit and hop flavours that are balanced with malt and toffee.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
planky84 (3153) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle from the Beers of Europe Christmas case. Pours a copper colour with a white head. Yet another thin bodied Christmas ale. Aromas of pepper spice, dark fruit and toffee. Flavours of sweet spice, lemon sherbet and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ForlornHope (505) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours a clear ruby red-brown with a tight white head. Aroma of rich malt, earthy hop and some fruit. Taste is slightly sweet, closely followed by the trademark Oakleaf bitterness. Rich mouthfeel and good carbonation. Again, a little fruit, nice long dry finish. I like this: it ducks the trend for sweet, heavy Xmas ales and leans towards the dry and bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5712) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
500ml dark bottle, unfiltered. £2.15 from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Red tinged colour. Spicy fruit and yeast aroma. Gentle mouthfeel - soft, vanishing into water. Pleasant, but not exciting malt flavours - developing tobacco bitterness. OK, but not really my thing. I normally like Oakleaf, but this one is not to my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (10396) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2014
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours amber with a light haze, thin white ring of head. Aromas of toffee, malt, raisins and sultanas. Taste is sweet, candied peel, more sultanas. Thin body, sweet finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (5390) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Cask by handpump at 3 Judges, Glasgow - clear amber, non-existent white head, minimal lacing, mild malty, fruity aroma, toffee, grapefruit, well balanced, clean finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask at the Market Porter.
A lovely bright amber colour but no head. Really good Oakleaf hoppy stuff all round. Plenty of citrussy grapefruit character and some really good earthy malt in the background. Really well balanced finish. A straight forward bitter really. Just brimming with grapefruit bitterness and excellent earthy malt. Great length. Great balance. Good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (7238) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2009
500ml Bottle - Amber with a slight haze. Toffee, fruity and hops in the aroma with some grapefruit also featuring. Hoppy and fruity taste with biscuit and grapefruit featuring strongly. A pleasant bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (5382) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Muddy brown appearance which was quite off putting. Flat with no life whatsoever. Some fruitiness with bitterness gradually sinking through. Improve the appearance and put a bit of life and this would have been a decent bottled beer. But it was not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (18232) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2007
500ml bottle from Realale.com at Ealing BF 07. Cloudy muddy red/brown colour. Thick lasting beige head. Hop aroma is lovely. Full in mouth. Very good, red berry, full bitter. Sherberty hop aroma. Malts come through too. I really like Oakleaf beers, although it started well, it became poor. Some chalkyness. Starts well, but this chalky mouthfeel is not good and lasts into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
Bottle. Hazy, deep amber with a nice offwhite head. Lots of caramel and fruit hitting the nose. Caramel flavours with a good fruity middle and a long, hoppy finish. Medium to full body. This beer should keep Rudolf happy.

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